Funky Kong

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Funky Kong
Funky Kong Artwork - Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.png
Funky Kong, as he appears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Full Name Funky Kong
Species Kong
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014)
Latest Portrayal Toshihide Tsuchiya (2007-present)

“Don't stop! Keep movin'! Let your body do the brain work!”
Funky Kong, Orangutango

Funky Kong is a Kong inhabitant of Donkey Kong Island and member of the Kong Family. One of the hero Donkey Kong's best friends and allies, Funky Kong first appears in the game Donkey Kong Country and has made various subsequent appearances since, often selling or offering some service to his friends. He occasionally appears as a playable character in spin-off games.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country/Land series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Funky Kong first appears in Donkey Kong Country as the proprietor of Funky's Flights, an airplane service. Found in every area of Donkey Kong Island, Funky will allow both Donkey and Diddy Kong to utilize his Jumbo Barrel to travel to areas of the island they have cleared of King K. Rool's operatives. As well as running Funky's Flights, Funky, in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country, runs Funky's Fishing where a fishing minigame can be played.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Funky Kong, as he appears in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.

Funky Kong returns in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, where his role is relatively the same as his debut appearance. Found in Funky's Flights II, which is located in every area of Crocodile Isle except the Lost World, Funky will allow Diddy and Dixie Kong to use his Funky Barrel to fly to areas of Crocodile Isle that they have previously visited; although, unlike in Donkey Kong Country, the Kongs will need to pay a certain number of Banana Coins to use the Funky Barrel, though all trips after the first will be free. Funky does not wear his tank-top in this game.

Funky Kong's role is expanded upon in the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Here, Funky, instead of owning the Funky Barrel, has a Gyrocopter, which he will allow Diddy and Dixie to borrow for their adventure if they succeed in beating a mini-game with it. Additionally, at the various Funky's Flights II on Crocodile Isle, Funky will give Diddy and Dixie DK Coins if they beat his minigames. Funky also appears at the ending of the game, planting a bomb on King K. Rool's Flying Krock and rescuing Diddy, Dixie, Donkey, and Cranky Kong from it before it detonates.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

In Donkey Kong Land 2 for the Game Boy, Funky Kong’s role is exactly the same as in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, with him allowing Diddy and Dixie to use his Funky Barrel to travel to areas they've previously been to, for a price.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

Funky Kong in Donkey Kong Country 3.

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Funky Kong runs Funky's Rentals in the Northern Kremisphere, near Bazaar's General Store; at the beginning of the game, Dixie Kong must visit Funky in order to pick up her cousin and partner throughout the game, Kiddy Kong, as well as the Motor Boat. As Dixie and Kiddy progress through the game, they can gain various items and give them to Funky, who will use them to create new, more powerful vehicles for them to use and reach new locations.

Throughout Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, references to Funky working on a "secret project" are made by the Brothers Bear; if Dixie and Kiddy confront Funky about this, he will acknowledge that he is working on something, also saying that for a down payment of every DK Coin in the game, he will let the Kongs see what it is and let them use it. If the Kongs do bring Funky all the DK Coins obtainable, he will give them his Gyrocopter, which they can use to locate the Banana Bird Queen and her last three children.

In the Game Boy Advance port of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Funky Kong's role is essentially the same as in the original, with the only difference being that he will allow Dixie and Kiddy to play various minigames in his shop; if the Kongs beat all these minigames, Funky will reward them with a Banana Bird.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Funky Kong, as he appears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

After six years of not appearing in games, Funky Kong returns in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze as the owner of the item shop (named Funky's Fly 'n' Buy) since Cranky Kong is now a playable character.[1]

Donkey Kong: Rumble in the Jungle[edit]

In the novel Donkey Kong: Rumble in the Jungle, Funky Kong takes Diddy Kong for a flight. While above the jungle, Diddy points out that the deserted Big Ape City is strangely active again. After dropping Diddy Kong off, Funky investigates, but is captured by the Kremlings. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong go into the city to save him.

Donkey Kong Country television series[edit]

Funky Kong, as he appears in the Donkey Kong Country television series

In the Donkey Kong Country television series, Funky Kong appears as a major character, with his character being relatively the same as in the games - the adventure loving owner of Funky's Flights and one of Donkey Kong's best friends. As well as enjoying surfing and dancing, Funky is portrayed as exceptionally spiritual in the show, known to talk about subjects such as karma quite often. On the show, Funky is portrayed as having golden colored fur instead of brown, wears more goggle-like glasses and speaks with a Jamaican accent, provided by voice actor Damon D’Oliveira.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Funky as he appears in Donkey Kong 64.

In Donkey Kong 64, Funky runs Funky's Armory, which, as its name implies, is a weapons shop which the Kongs can buy weapons and accessories for themselves from. Funky Kong will also give away free ammunition if the Kongs visit him and he has nothing available for sale. In this game, Funky is located in every world except Hideout Helm.

During the ending cut scene of Donkey Kong 64, it is Funky who delivers the final blow to King Krusha K. Rool; as the Kremling King is distracted by Candy Kong, Funky, does his bit, and fires a boot at him, which knocks King Krusha K. Rool through the ceiling of his arena and on to K. Lumsy Island.

Bumm-Badabumm im Urwald[edit]

In the Donkey Kong comic "Bumm-Badabumm im Urwald", Funky (being called "Funky-Kong", with a hyphen in his name) despite not actually appearing in the story, does play a crucial role in it. In the comic, Funky is the one who alerts Donkey, Diddy and Dixie Kong, through drumming, that the Kremling Krew has plundered all the bananas on Donkey Kong Island.

Club Nintendo[edit]

In the German edition Club Nintendo, Funky Kong appears in a somewhat minor role in the comic "Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24", where he appears at the celebration the Kong Family has at its end. In Club Nintendo's comic book length adaptation of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Funky makes a brief appearance in the scene where Cranky explains Banana Coins and Kremkoins to Diddy and Dixie.

DK: King of Swing[edit]

Funky Kong’s role in DK: King of Swing is largely minimal, with him appearing only in the opening cut scene, after King K. Rool steals all the Jungle Jam Medals. Funky makes his first playable appearance in the game’s Jungle Jam mode, where his partner is Dixie Kong. He has very high strength, like most of his other appearances, but lacks the ability to jump high and far.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

In DK: Jungle Climber, Funky, along with the bulk of the Kong Family, goes on vacation to Sun Sun Island; when Donkey, Diddy, Cranky meet the banana alien Xananab and decide to help in his quest to reclaim his Crystal Bananas, which were stolen by the Kremling Gang, Funky will reopen Funky's Flights. If the Kongs and Xananab collect a certain amount of Oil Barrels, they can give them to Funky to power his Barrel Plane, which can fly them to a smaller version of the island they’re on. Funky Kong is also playable in the game’s VS. Mode.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Funky Kong in Mario Kart Wii.

In Mario Kart Wii, Funky Kong makes his first appearance in the Mario series. He is an unlockable Large-sized character, unlocked by obtaining four Expert Staff Ghost Data on Time Trial mode. Funky Kong is the Staff Ghost for DK Mountain. While he does not have his own race course, he does have his own battle arena, the Funky Stadium.

Although Funky Kong features a good speed bonus, it is not as good as that of Baby Luigi and Baby Daisy. However, being a large-sized racer, Funky can use the Flame Runner and Spear, which are the fastest large bikes in the game.

Other Appearances[edit]

Funky Kong in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.
Funky Kong in Super Mario-Kun.

Funky Kong appears as a playable character in the Japan-exclusive game Donkey Konga 3: Tabehōdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku. He also appears as an unlockable character in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, where he is unlocked by winning the Diamond Cup as a Kong character. He is one of the most physically powerful characters in the game, but so-so in other stats. His main rival in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast is the Kremling Kludge. A trophy of Funky Kong is obtainable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Lastly, he makes his second playable appearance in a Mario game in the Wii title Mario Super Sluggers, where he featured good batting and decent fielding skills, while lacking in pitching and running skills. Oddly, he's the only Kong in that game who bats with his right hand, while fielding with his left hand.

Funky Kong also appears in issue 14 of Super Mario-Kun. He allows Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong to ride the Jumbo Barrel.

Additionally, a large amount of merchandise of Funky Kong, most of it based off his appearance in Donkey Kong Country or the television series, has been released; this includes objects such as statuettes, plush dolls, mini figures, and keychains.

General Information[edit]

Physical Appearance[edit]

Funky Kong has the same general build as fellow Kongs such as Donkey and Kiddy Kong, being both large and muscular; Funky's fur is generally light brown in color. The shade of it varies in his appearances and artwork, being either light or dark. In all of his appearances, Funky wears a pair of sunglasses which conceal what his true eyes look like; however, in Donkey Kong Country, Funky could be seen lifting his sunglasses and revealing a pair of eyes just like Donkey Kong's. Funky's sunglasses were originally black in color in Donkey Kong Country, but virtually all subsequent appearances depict as being purple tinted.

In Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, Funky Kong's attire is essentially the same, with him wearing a red bandanna with white polka-dots, medals around his neck ("bling"), a purple swimsuit, and sandals.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! radically alters Funky's appearance, having him discard his medals and replace them with tools slung from a tool belt; Funky also wears a white muscle shirt, blue shorts and black boots in this game. Donkey Kong 64 has Funky changing clothes again, with him wearing navy blue and black cammo print in this game. More recently, Funky's appearance has remained consistent, being identical to his attire from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, with his tool belt being replaced by a regular one and no boots.

While Funky's bandanna has always been red with white polka dots in official artwork, in-game sprites depicted it as purple in the first two Donkey Kong Country games and solid red in the third. DK: King of Swing was the first game to depict him with a polka-dot bandanna in his sprites.

Personality[edit]

Unlike most of his relatives, Funky Kong actually loathes adventuring, preferring to aid his friends through other means, such as through his shops and flight services. He is also portrayed as being bold and energetic, despite his dislike for adventuring. Funky's hobbies include such things as surfing and tinkering with and building various machinery such as vehicles and weapons.

Official Profiles and Statistics[edit]

Main article: List of Funky Kong profiles and statistics‎

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

  • Boost: 1
  • Speed: 5
  • Agility: 1
  • Rival: Kludge

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Funky Kong's complete vehicle roster.
  • Size: Large
  • Actual Bonuses
    • Speed: +4
    • Off-Road: +3
  • Guide Bio: "This funky monkey doesn't like adventuring, so he's split his time between surfing, drumming, and learning some of the craziest kart shortcuts around!"

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Funky Kong.

List of Appearances by Date[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong Country Non-Playable Character 1994 SNES
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Non-Playable Character 1995 SNES
Donkey Kong Land 2 Non-Playable Character 1996 Game Boy
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Non-Playable Character 1996 SNES
Donkey Kong 64 Non-Playable Character 1999 Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong Country (GBC Port) Non-Playable Character 2000 Game Boy Color
Donkey Kong Country (GBA Port) Non-Playable Character 2003 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA Port) Non-Playable Character 2004 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Konga 2 Non-Playable Character 2004 Nintendo GameCube
DK: King of Swing Playable Character in Jungle Jam mode 2005 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Konga 3: Tabehōdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku Playable Character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA Port) Non-Playable Character 2005 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Unlockable Playable Character 2007 Wii
DK: Jungle Climber Playable in VS mode 2007 Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as a Trophy and Sticker 2008 Wii
Mario Kart Wii Unlockable Playable Character 2008 Wii
Mario Super Sluggers Unlockable Playable Character 2008 Wii
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Non-Playable Character 2014 Wii U

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファンキーコング
Fankī Kongu
Spanish Funky Kong
Russian Фанки Конг
Fanki Kong
Korean 펑키 콩
Peongki Kong

Trivia[edit]

  • In Issue #261 of Nintendo Power's "The Score," a page listing the results of online polls, Funky Kong was voted the most wanted Kong who is not present in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • Although Funky Kong does not appear in Donkey Kong Country Returns, he is referenced by Cranky Kong, who wishes that someone with a plane (such as Funky) could get them to the top of the island.
  • Funky Kong's Mario Super Sluggers baseball card listed his Rookie Year as 1999, even though his first appearance was in Donkey Kong Country, which was released in 1994.
  • In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze when the player visit Funky's shop and they highlight the Crash Guard option, Funky will say: "Vehicle troubles? It's dangerous to go alone-take one of these"! This is a reference to the first Legend of Zelda game in which the main protagonist Link acquires his first weapon by entering a cave and speaking to an elderly man, who offers a wooden sword speaking those exact words.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_VQOsJpAd0&list=LL3odJaiagOteXlzDyr1z9MA&feature=mh_lolz